Government-produced historical record of major World War I battles.
June 30, 2003
America Goes Over (Full Film)
This is a sort of This Film Is Restricted for World War I, which is surprising, because I didn't know such a thing existed. This 1918 U.S. Government war newsreel tries its best to give the viewer a complete picture of what it was like Over There. The usual battle scenes are interspersed with fascinating human interest stuff, such as recruits getting their teeth inspected, Salvation Army volunteers handing out doughnuts, doughboys getting their heads shaved, KP, slop buckets, trench digging, interrogating German prisoners, animal mascots, and yes, dead bodies (though shown only briefly and without a lot of blood). Many of the title cards have cartoon drawings of doughboys in various humorous situations (for example, check out what the cartoonist counts as "decorations"). Kudos to the Prelinger Archive for preserving thisit has incredible historical value.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: N/A. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****+. Overall Rating: *****.
December 22, 2002
Great historical overview
(Part i) Fascinating silent newsreel footage of World War I. Although quite dry, (all the footage in this part is after or before battle), The film is, of course, a little propogandistic in nature, as the title cards showing the Germans, or huns, to be quite weak.